Sunanda Murder: Dear Home Minster – Who is preventing Lie detector test on Tharoor?

Sunanda Murder: Dear Home Minster - Who is preventing Lie detector test on Tharoor?
Sunanda Murder: Dear Home Minster - Who is preventing Lie detector test on Tharoor?

We have in the earlier two articles mentioned about the delay and chicanery going on in this case:

The Facts thus far:

  • On 17Th Jan 2014 Sunanda was found dead in Leela Palace Hotel Room 345.
  • Ist July 2014 AIIMS Doctor Sudhir Gupta claimed that he was pressured to give a false report in the case.
  • October 10 2014 the medical team probing her death concluded she died of poisoning
  • January 6, 2015—one year after her death Delhi police reported that she was murdered and filed an FIR in the case.

[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]hen the whole saga of further delays started… The viscera report was to be analysed by an FBI lab and so Delhi Police sent it there. The said report came in November – may be by boat — and indicated the presence of a poison, much stronger than Polonium (this was selectively leaked in the media in a mischievous way).

Sources said the first inference from the findings is that a concoction of medicines and undisclosed isomers detected in Pushkar’s viscera could have killed her.

The special investigation team (SIT) probing the case has been consulting AIIMS on the possibility of a drug cocktail proving fatal under Pushkar’s health and medical conditions. What police needs to find out is whether these substance(s) were administered to her.

The report has ruled out poisons like thallium and nerium oleander (a common flowering plant), besides the radioactive polonium-210, as confirmed by police commissioner B S Bassi last week. While ethyl alcohol and painkillers were detected in the viscera, there was no trace of heroin, venom or photolabile (substances that undergo change on exposure to light) poisons.

As the FBI report has not been made public, it is not known whether Alprax (a medicine for anxiety and depression) was detected in Pushkar’s viscera. Two strips of Alprax were found in her hotel room, apart from other medicines. “While one strip of 15 was empty, the other had three tablets remaining,” a source said. This indicates she may have consumed up to 27 tablets. The SIT will question her husband, Shashi Tharoor – who has claimed she was prescribed Alprax – about the presence of two strips in the room. “People usually throw away an empty strip,” he dismissed – the source added.

Source: Times of India

A report of June 2015 suggested that Delhi police considering a lie detector test

The Delhi Police is considering moving court for permission to conduct a lie detector test on Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor in the Sunanda Pushkar murder case, sources told NDTV. Currently, meetings are being held to take a decision on when to approach the court, the sources said.

The police needs court permission to conduct the test on Mr Tharoor. A polygraph, or a lie detector test, can be held only with the permission of the court and the agreement of Mr Tharoor, the sources said.

Mr Tharoor’s office said this evening that it has “always said (Mr Tharoor) will cooperate with the probe,” adding that it has received “no official request from the police so far for a polygraph test.”

The Delhi Police, which is investigating the death of Mr Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar, has already conducted polygraph tests on six people in the case, including Narain Singh, Mr Tharoor’s domestic help, driver Bajrangi and family friend Sanjay Dewan, all listed as prime witnesses.

Source: NDTV report on June 30, 2015

Another report of 20th November 2015 claimed that police are “planning” to question Tharoor

[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]E[/dropcap]arlier, Shashi Tharoor’s phones were tapped in connection to the Pushkar case, according to a report published on The Times of India on 13 November. The report also says that police confirmed that 5-6 mobile numbers had been tapped for about a month and that Tharoor’s voice came up in the intercepted conversations.

In another report by The Times of India published on 20 November, it was reported that the SIT has made a list of 20-25 questions for Shashi Tharoor to answer. However, the FBI report has not been handed over to the AIIMS medical panel as of now. The news report states that the questionnaire is being framed in order to ascertain the source of ‘suspicious substances’ found in Pushkar’s internal organs.

An officer is quoted in The Times of India report stating that abetment angle of the case will be explored and if Sunanda did poison herself, what are the likely causes for the trigger for suicide. The police is also likely to question as to who prescribed the medicines and question the reckless and unmonitored use of the medicines, according to the report. Tharoor has allegedly interfered on many occasions with the medical team and suggested various causes of death, one of which was that she died after consuming coconut water.

The SIT will also probe if Tharoor felt threatened when Pushkar called up journalists in a frenzy and warned to expose him. The report also says that the economic offences wing has also drawn up a list of questions; Satish Golcha, prime advisor to BS Bassi in this case has been assigned to look into the financial irregularities pertaining to this case. Specifically, The questions will centre on the Rs.75 crore ($11.24 million) (4.75 percent) Sweat Equity offered to Sunanda by Rendezvous Sports World, a member of the consortium that won the Kochi IPL franchise.

Source: FirstPost

[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]ill date, the FBI report has not been handed over to AIIMS doctors. Once IPL angle comes into being then there are other avenues such as Dubai transactions and that of D Company’s machinations to take into account. Just before her murder Sunanda had a Twitter fight with a Pak journalist Mehr Tarar who is allegedly an ISI mole and also was having an affair with Tharoor.

So Dear Home Minister — You are in charge of Delhi Police and the lackadaisical manner in which Delhi Police is investigating this case gives the appearance of a non-professional approach.

Are Global and Domestic forces pressurizing you to hush up the case? But the whole country is watching this case and it will be a huge let down if you succumb to pressure.
Will you tell Delhi Police to:

  1. Provide FBI report to AIIMS team?
  2. Conduct the long awaited lie detector test on Tharror?
  3. Expedite the IPL/ Money Laundering angle since Sunanda has threatened to have a presser about IPL Money Laundering issues on the day of her murder?
  4. If found necessary arrest Tharoor for proper interrogation?
  5. Impound his passport since he has powerful friends in most countries due to his earlier UN position?

Are you listening dear HM?

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2. Text in Blue points to additional data on the topic.

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